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Werth Homers Into History In One-Man Show

Jayson Werth had the greatest game of his life, hitting three home runs and driving in eight — tying a Phillie record — in a 10-3 win over the Blue Jays. Kitty Bransfield, Gavvy Cravath, Willie “Puddin’ Head” Jones and Mike Schmidt also recorded eight RBI in a game, while Ryan Howard had the last three homer game. He hit a three-run opposite-field homer, an opposite-field grand slam and a solo shot.

Jamie Moyer grabbed the win, going 6.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. Shane Victorino added an RBI double and Howard had an RBI single (he also struck out twice). Chad Durbin and Clay Condrey finished the game with scoreless frames.

This one was all about Werth. In a steady rain where fans wondered if the umpires would call the game, Werth delivered a moment that had fans wanting to stay and keep the game alive. With two homers and seven RBI by the third inning, his third homer acted as a release — the thought “he could do it” permeated throughout. Though his final attempt saw him pop out gingerly, the drama was there, and Werth entertained like no other.

I’ve always liked Werth. He’s an on-base machine, takes pitches and swings smartly. He may not have Howard or even Utley power, but he’s a nice combination of everything you need in a ballplayer. Is he an everyday guy? Possibly, but it’s a battle. Bottom line: He’s a guy I want on my 25-man roster any time, and last night’s history-making heroics confirm that tenfold.

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